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Summer closures. Otley Courthouse will be closed on Saturday 29th August. In the week beginning Monday 17th August we welcome all help with our Summer Spruce-up – dusting, painting, scrubbing, tidying.
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“The best sounding venue I’ve played in” Paco Seco
“We’d like to come back in a few ……. days” De Temps Antan
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Otley Courthouse hosts a different exhibition every month:
If you would like to submit your work for consideration for a future exhibition please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The BBC got us about right:
The artists who appear at the Courthouse love us:
“What a lovely sounding venue you have here” Fish and Bird Jan 2015
” We’ve had a marvellous night” Cathy Jordan
“Enjoyed it. Thanks to all. Smashing venue. Lovely people” Mark Radcliffe and Foes
“THANK YOU OTLEY FOR MAKING OUR FIRST GIG ON THE TOUR ONE OF THE BEST EVER! YOU GUYS WERE AMAZING!!!!” Habadekuk
“Your venue is a delight – the acoustic is divine and the atmosphere is really lively and friendly. I wish all venues were like it!” Jonathan Prag – Classical Guitarist
“We’ve heard a lot about Otley and Ilkley – more about Otley though!” – Old Dance School
” What a great venue you’ve got here in Otley” – John Doyle
“I love this place” – Karen Tweed
“Hot, sweaty and wonderful” – Shooglenifty
” A great acoustic venue” – Phil Beer of Show of Hands
“Thanks you so much for hosting Julaba Kunda on Saturday. What a fantastic venue, excellent hosts, good sound crew and a delightful audience!”
Worbey and Farrell tweeted “arrived Otley Courthouse and it’s all very lovely got a great feeling it’s going to be a wonderful night” … (and indeed it was!).
Uiscedwr’s response to the Courthouse audience after their recent gig – “Fab”
Maybe the last word should come from some recent visitors …
“Lots going on here . Music performing arts exhibitions always something new. The courthouse has a wonderful history of its own. If you find yourself in Otley check what’s on at the Arts Centre – you could be very pleasantly surprised. . .” Review on TripAdvisor March 2015
“Went to have a look at the indoor craft stores when the (Farmers’) market was on. Also went and had a look at the art and photographs works which is on display. There are plaques giving history of the police and magistrates courts and a police cell dating back to Victorian times you can go inside to view. There is a cafe selling home cooked snacks and cakes. The courthouse has regular groups meeting and productions taking place in its large hall.” Review on TripAdvisor March 2015
“I spent many hours, including my 21st birthday, at Otley Magistrates’ Court so it’s wonderful to see the buildings being brought to life as a community arts venue.
I’ve visited the Courthouse on many occasions since, there’s always something going on and it’s a friendly place with a lovely little cafe, perfect for whiling away an hour or two. ” Review on TripAdvisor February 2015
“A very interesting place to visit. The cells area is very interesting and you can go inside one to get a feel of what it was like to be incarcerated there, often for minor offences. The information stones set in the courtyard outside make for interesting reading too. Staff were attentive and helpful and very keen to make your courthouse experience an interesting one. Lots of leaflets and information on both the centre and Otley itself.
Venue is now used for various classes and theatre groups, but this does not detract from its historical value in a very historical part of Yorkshire. ” Review on TripAdvisor January 2015
“This place is an interesting building, and as the name suggests, being the old courthouse means it has a fascinating past. It is now a real ‘hub’ for Otley and visitors, being renowned as an arts centre, and hosting craft fairs to coincide with the end of month Sunday Farmers’ markets. It also acts as a cinema, music venue, and public meeting place, so a must for visitors!! ” Review on TripAdvisor December 2014
“Really interesting and varied! There is always something interesting going on at The Courthouse! They have Art Displays/Concerts/Films/Craft Fairs..etc. Definitely recommend popping in and having a chat with them and picking up a program, or just visiting their website to see what’s happening there! ” Review on TripAdvisor December 2013
“We’ve seen lots of the shows (mostly comedy) at the Courthouse over the last few years. It is an intimate venue where you are always close to the acts. The staff are always both helpful and welcoming. The bar is reasonably priced compared to many venues.
Overall it is a fantastic asset to our community and would highly recommend a visit.” Review on TripAdvisor November 2013
“Always has a lot going on, whether it be music, plays, talks etc. The cafe is nice and a visit to the old police cells, which were used in TV’s “Heartbeat” are very interesting to see. A bit out of the way of the main high street shopping area but lots of parking (payable) just behind the building. Worth a visit.” NOTE: Parking free in the evening. Review on TripAdvisor November 2013
“… were really impressed with it all. Full marks for the venue and for the really pleasant and helpful staff who were on duty.” Planet of the Baybes audience member – January 2013
“Lovely place, lovely staff. I really liked the warm welcome and a delightful visit. Helped by a great performance from Hope and Social.” Visitor from Wigan. 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 15 December 2012 on Trip Advisor.
“The Courthouse has so many different experiences on offer its hard to list them all – they include the Film Society (great films (twice) a month, plus they’ve just started doing “Blockbusters” which they call (Movie Matinees)), also great music of all sorts from folk to world music to classical to choral, drama (they’ll probably be doing a pantomime or some sort of Christmas show), science fairs, antique fairs, it’s the meeting place for loads of clubs and societies, and with all this going on they still manage to be friendly and welcoming – even after only a few visits you will be recognised and greeted like an old friend. This week I went to the first C@tch film which was Avengers Assemble, based on old Marvel comics and featuring Superman and the Incredible Hulk among others in a thoroughly up-to-date adventure, great fun, and with popcorn and ice cream on sale too – great!” – Review on TripAdvisor
“Just to say how much we enjoyed the science cafe last night and buffet lunch today. This was our first experience of Otley Courthouse and what a fantastic place it is. I was amazed last night at how many staff were there. Everyone was so friendly and the events were very interesting. Sadly public transport links from Keighley, where I live, are not great, as I would love to attend some more of the evening events. We will certainly try and attend some more science cafe events. Many thanks to all concerned and congratulations on creating a wonderful facility for the people of Otley – I hope they appreciate how lucky they are!” – Science Festival visitor
“This is such a wonderful vibrant place which caters for many different tastes. It is great for Otley people as it offers a variety of music e.g. world, folk, classical and brings local and international artists. Creative arts are featured such as painting and photography exhibitions. Once a month (linking in with the farmer’s market) there is a craft fair. Workshops are provided for many people including school aged children during the holidays. Tea, coffee, and delicious cakes are on the menu and can be recommended. The centre seems to bring the heart of the community together with staffing provided mostly by volunteers. Visit and see what you think” – Review on TripAdvisor
“We’ve come to all different kinds of things here, and we’ve never been disappointed – a really friendly place.”
“Can I just say how fantastic the Courthouse is, the space, the friendliness of the staff and general facilities. It was absolutely perfect and the party was brilliant. The two young men who organised the sporty activities were really impressed with the space. I couldn’t recommend the Courthouse enough to anyone that asked, many thanks to you and all your colleagues. “- parent after a 5 year old’s birthday party.
“I really like going to the Courthouse” – a participant in our Half term craft workshops overheard when being collected by her mum.
“It was magic” – visitor to our annual Science Fair – not completely on message.
“On Sunday evening we attended the performance by Aly Bain and company. We knew it would be a good night, as we’ve seen Aly many times before. What was less expected was the warm welcome we received from everyone at the Courthouse, despite that fact that we had never visited before. Everyone seemed very ready to do everything possible to make the evening run smoothly, and to make sure everyone was happy. We rapidly decided that this was one of the friendliest venues we have ever visited, and we do tend to get around the country quite a bit.We do not expect to be regular visitors, as the round trip from home is around 140 miles, but we certainly intend to keep an eye on your website and to come again.”
Did you know…
Did you know that Otley Courthouse has helped create Otley Junior Orchestra, the Courthouse Choir, Otley Chamber Orchestra, Saturday Art Stars, In-House Arts, Singing for the Brain, Courthouse Rocks, Otley Science Festival, the 20/20 Science Cafe and Cafe Politique; is home to The Otley Film Society, Otley Community Players, Otley Youth Theatre, Otley Brass Band, Wharfe Brass, Performance Drama School; runs Holiday workshops for children; has a full entertainment programme of Music, Dance and Drama and has showcased acts such as Lau, Warsaw Village Band, New Model Army, Mozaic, Peatbog Faeries, Hugh Cornwell, Moishe’s Bagel, John Etheridge, Koshka, Blazin’ Fiddles, Black Umfolosi, Puressence and Shooglenifty to name but a few. “…without doubt one of the best venues in Yorkshire for traditional music” Wharfedale Observer Contact us to put yourself on our mailing list. We are an ‘Arts Award Supporter’ venue – find out what we can do for you here.